Billy Graham - Only God can keep us steady in the midst of life's storms

Mar 2, 2013 Full story: The Gaston Gazette 6

Q: We have two small boys, and we worry about the world they're going to be facing when they grow up - a bad economy, wars, a breakdown in morals, and so on.

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Lawndale, NC

#1 Mar 2, 2013
Great man telling us the truth!

“Seeking reality & civilization”

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#2 Mar 3, 2013
Thomas wrote:
Great man telling us the truth!
Great CON man that is. A farce, con and manipulater guilty of blasphemy at it's finest.
Brain Hulk

Hagerstown, MD

#3 Mar 18, 2013

Ah, where to start... How about with the questioner. Yes, the economy isn't great, but it's getting better. Sometimes the economy is better than other times, but that's a shared issue we all have to deal with. Wars are certainly nothing new either. Just about every generation has been witness to war in some way or another. Breakdown in morality? How so? Was it a breakdown in morality when 'blacks' fought for and gained equal rights? Was it a breakdown in morality when women gained the right to vote? Do you consider it a breakdown in morality now that 'gays' are finally gaining the equal rights they have always deserved and are also being allowed to marry in some states? Is it a breakdown in morality that bullying is finally beginning to be taken seriously? Is the dropping homicide rate a sign of moral breakdown? In my opinion, morality is gaining stronger overall, not weaker.

So, what's Billy's answer? The same answer he gives to everything... you need more Jesus. But this is far from good advice. The lady questioner is worried about the economy, so does it make sense to push a religion who's churches often expect you to donate generously to the church? Wars? Religions have been behind, or heavily involved in most of the conflicts that have happened throughout history. Breakdown of morality? Religions seldom have much room to speak on morality. Christianity is no exception. No real issue with slavery, misogynistic, stoning disobedient kids to death, demanding genocides, death to homosexuals, selling daughters, offering daughters up for rape, forcing women to marry their rapist... And the list goes on and on.

Furthermore, Billy (and Christianity) says that you are powerless without God/Jesus. In my opinion, that is horrible advice for someone who is worried about their children facing a potentially difficult future. If you are worried about your children facing a difficult future, you want them to feel empowered, not powerless. Yet Graham is teaching that the exact opposite of what they need to hear. That they are powerless without divine guidance. However, I would tell you that most people are stronger and capable of more than they may personally believe. When someone gets a promotion and gives God the credit, they are selling the work they did short. They got that promotion on their own merit, and need to realize that. My advice to Mrs. A.M. would be for her kids to get as much education as they can. To stay strong, determined and work hard. Through that hard work and determination, they will find the recipe for success, not through deferring to the will of divine guidance that will never come.

The hard questions in science will be solved through hard work. The big medical advances will be made through hard work. If they start a business, it will be through hard work. If they work their way up in a company, it will be through hard work. Hard work that they put in and expended the effort toward. So, do not hang your hopes on the false hope that a god will take care of everything. Rather, believe in yourself instead, of a god and your future will be all the better for it.

Since: Dec 12

Charlotte, NC

#4 May 15, 2013
Um yea, I read the question and read the first part of the answer and immediately stopped. People have been voting on Faith and baseless other crap for years and we have yet to get the representation we want. Here's a novel idea and think it's something everyone can do.

Start basing your political and financial decisions on something we like to call REASON. That's right. Instead of hoping and praying something will go right. You look at your situation, evaluate, look at your options, research for more options, pick the best option while also having a back up plan, and execute that plan accordingly. I know it sounds difficult but it's really easy. You should try if you haven't.

“Dont care how you did it in FL”

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#5 May 17, 2013
luvnut wrote:
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Great CON man that is. A farce, con and manipulater guilty of blasphemy at it's finest.
No he is not.

“Seeking reality & civilization”

Since: Oct 10

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#6 May 17, 2013
Timmy_ wrote:
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No he is not.
Yes Timmy, yes he is. Anyone with half a brain could see it......well, never mind. Go ahead & send him your money if you want to!

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